Mere wins and losses, although the only thing that truly counts when the final gun is sounded, are merely window dressing when it comes to telling the full story of what goes on in Big 12 football every given week. On the other hand, you don;t have to be an accountant or a fantasy team fanatic to enjoy and fully appreciate what is behind the mountain of numbers that seemingly constitute that other fall classic in America known as football.
For example, the average Big 12 fan has a knows very well that the season is still very young – only four weeks or a month into the 2013 schedule – and that perennial league favorites Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are holding serve so far, and that Baylor has been running up video-game-like scores in totally overwhelming its first three opponents. Those are the highlights, and there are also lowlights, like Texas finding itself in totally unfamiliar and highly unfriendly territory after being laughed off the football field in suffering back-to-back, humiliating, double-digit losses before ever playing their first conference game in the 2013 season.
Speaking of numbers, here are a pair of numbers that may surprise you: For all of the talk about what a pass crazy conference the Big 12 is, would you believe that of the 207 total touchdowns scored by Big 12 offenses so far this season, 103 of them have been passing touchdowns and 104 have been scored on the ground? So much for one-dimensional offenses in this league.
Here are 12 other fun and fascinating numbers to feed your insatiable football appetite from around Big 12:
1 – Number of victories Oklahoma has over Notre Dame in 10 all-time meetings. The Sooners lone win over the Irish in the series was a 45-0 victory at Norte Dame in OU’s 1956 national championship season.
4 – Number of Big 12 teams ranked this week in both the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and the AP Media Poll (Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Tech).
4 – Four is also the number of touchdowns scored already this season by the Baylor defense, one more than the Bears’ defense has surrendered in three games.
8 – Eight of the 10 Big 12 schools are averaging 90 percent of capacity at home football games this season.
9.3 – In its 25 scoring drives through the first three games this season, Baylor is averaging a point for every 9.3 seconds of possession time.
12 – Number of years since West Virginia was last shut out in football. The Mountaineers were beaten 37-0 by Maryland last weekend.
19 – Baylor wide receiver Tevin Reese caught a 47-yard TD pass in the Bears’ 70-7 rout of Louisian-Monroe last weekend. He now has 19 career TD catches, 17 of which have been for 40 or more yards.
57.6 – Punting avcerage for Kansas punter Trevor Pardula in the Jayhawks 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech, a new single-game record at KU.
83 – Number of years it has been since a major college team scored 60 or more points in its first three games of the season. Baylor has averaged 70 points a game in its first three games in the 2013 season. LSU was the last team to do it, in 1930.
89 – Number of consecutive sellouts at OU’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (capacity: 82,112) , dating back to 1999, Bob Stoops’ first season as Sooner head coach.
141 – Rushing yards for Texas sophomore Jonathan Gray against Kansas State last Saturday. He is the first Longhorn running back to gain 100-plus yards rushing against Kansas State.
237 – Tyler Lockett of Kansas State caught 13 passes for 237 yards, a new school record for receiving yardage in a single game, in a losing effort vs. Texas.